creating a space for enhanced learning
We started this process by surveying students in the class to identify needs and desires of the learners who use the space. Students identified a need for varied work stations, including both individual and small group spaces. Furthermore, students expressed a desire for spaces to be "zoned" into content areas, aiding in the organization of classroom resources. Finally, students wanted a more comfortable and relaxed feeling to the room that included fun colors and comfortable seating.
After receiving feedback, Mrs. Kersey researched evidence supporting classroom redesign and the most effective practices. She utilized edutopia and edsurge as primary resources, but also twitter feedback from teachers who had previously gone through the process of redesigning a space for learning. This inquiry led Mrs. Kersey to realize the need for varied working spaces and zones that allow students to work individually, collaboratively, and creatively in many ways.
After this, the students and teacher worked together to brainstorm what the ideal space might look like. Mrs. Kersey focused on making sure general management and flow of the space would promote effective and efficient learning time while students sought creative new uses and "hacks" of spaces. We gathered ideas from some of our favorite places to visit such as Ikea, The Children's Museum, the Apple store, Starbucks, Urban Chalkboard, etc. We looked at images from these places and thought about how they could be incorporated in our room.
Below are the drafts we have created together for our "dream classroom", and a breakdown of the items we would like to include. We hope you find our proposal well-researched, well-planned, and well-created. It would be our greatest honor to be chosen to redesign our work space! Thank you for your consideration.
** Please note that a file including paper documents of this proposal will be placed in Mr. Haney's mailbox as well. **
This image identifies the separate working zones or areas for students to clearly recognize where they could find resources during work time. Students specified they really wanted a designated science and engineering area, and a consolidated literacy area. Other suggestions included keeping all anchor charts for specific content areas in these zones for ease of use during learning.
After identifying the purpose and place for varied work spaces, we added in elements we felt would be most powerful. This included more collaborate work spaces such as a large table with benches and chairs in our writing area, a genius bar (like Apple's) for accessible tech and researching, and more comfortable seating areas for work. One student's idea to include a lego table in our math zone was considered a "must" by others!
Edutopia's 21st Century Classroom
Many elements of this 21st Century classroom would be embedded in our modernized room as well. We especially love including more easily accessible tech, varied and designated work areas, and comfortable work places. We also loved the idea of increasing storage spaces, and adding whiteboards/bulletin boards around the room to share our learning.
Edutopia's 21st Century Classroom
1) Ikea Billy Bookcase x2 = $120
2a) Ikea TV console x2 = $140
2b) CB2 Floor Pillows x4 = $320
3a) Reading Tree = unknown cost, husband could possibly build for cost of materials
3b) Ikea LOVA Bed Canopy = $45
4) Ikea or Target grey chevron run x3 = $75
5) Hanging Chair = $40
6) Ikea PSLOMSK swivel Chair x2 = $140
7) Dining room table and benches = $325
8) RASKOG Utility Cart x2 = $60
9) Built -in Fish Tank = unknown cost, but highly desired by students ;)
10) Melissa + Doug Lego Table = $110
11) Curtain panels = $30
12) Fabric = $80
Total Approximate Cost: $1,485.00